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Cristiano Ronaldo and Los Blancos attack ripped off 17 shots, six on target, in the first half alone on Saturday against Almeria. Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo began the scoring within the first three minutes, but Real Madrid notched four of their five goals with the star on the sidelines, quickly dispatching Almeria 5-0 on Saturday evening at the Mediterraneo.

Fresh off the incredible hat trick that lifted his country to the World Cup, the Portuguese scored his 17th goal of the season and Los Blancos attack ripped off 31 shots, with 15 on target.

Madrid would also dominate possession 60-40, earning five corner kicks. Almeria also saw their three-match win streak come to an end, a span in which they had only surrendered two goals.

To start Ronaldo streaked in front of the net in the third minute of play, and deftly deflected Isco’s perfectly timed cross for the early lead.

Coming on for Ronaldo in the 54th minute, Jese quickly made his presence known and assisted Benzema on his deep, curving goal in the 61st.

Bale and Isco continued the onslaught with goals three minutes apart, and Morata capped the scoring with a chip shot all alone in the 81st after a slick through ball from Casemiro.

In the 27th, Almeria forward Rodri came the closest to breaking down Madrid’s walled up net, sailing a deep ball to the center of the goal after a headed pass from Aleix Vidal, but to no avail.

Favoring the right side of the net, Vidal’s attempt was thwarted by Los Blancos keeper Diego Lopez in the 40th. Lopez tallied his third clean sheet of the year and his first in the last six starts in goal.

Almeria’s Saurez Esteban still deserves some due after making six saves, including more deadly attempts from Benzema and Ronaldo throughout the match.

Next up for Los Blancos is a date with Galatasaray in Champions League play on Wednesday, and three days later a return to La Liga play versus Valladolid.

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